The lessons we learn as entrepreneurs and small business owners don’t just apply to our businesses. That tells me that being an entrepreneur is more than just starting a company, growing that company and trying to earn a buck; there’s something more profound going on. Or at least more interesting! This morning my wife went […]
Archives for October 2006
Manic entrepreneurship is quite common. It’s when small wins or small defeats cause immense mood swings from julibant positivity to utter despair. When first starting a business, these feelings might be common. Or, when things don’t seem to be going as well as you hoped… A client victory will send a manic entrepreneur soaring. A […]
Two days without posting here. Uh oh. Let’s hope people don’t abandon me! I’ve been “quiet” for a couple of reasons. Mostly, things at Grasshopper New Media are picking up and keeping me crazy busy. In the last few days we’ve initiated several great projects that will go live soon. The first is Small Biz […]
Partnerships are hard.
Almost anyone that’s ever worked with a partner has a story to tell. Often, a horror story. The worst case is the “dud partner” — a partner that doesn’t pull their own weight.
Do you think it’s possible to carry dud partners on your back and succeed?
I used to. Now, I’m not so sure.
I’ve had a couple “dud partners” in the past, and I’ve learned:
It’s best if you get them out of the business as soon as possible.
If that’s your attitude, you’ll never succeed. Have you ever used the term “my baby” for your business, startup or an idea you’re looking to get off the ground? I know how you feel. And we all want to believe that our baby is perfect. Sorry, that’s just not the case. Entrepreneurs and small business […]
Failure is a fact of life. We all fail. And The Great Big Small Business Show is tackling small business failure with some insight, advice and inspiration. I’m particularly excited by the addition of Phil Gerbyshak to The Great Big Small Business Show team. He’s contributed his thoughts on how to define both success and […]
For a rare few, networking comes naturally. For the rest of us, we need help. And lots of it! That’s where Laura Allen steps in with her business 15SecondPitch. Can you describe what value you bring to the table, your experience and what makes you unique in 15 seconds? Me neither. Not until I got […]
The occasional hallucation or two might not be a bad thing. But when I get a fever it often results in my brain’s inability to control my streaming thoughts. It’s like my brain’s filters are inneffective, and while trying to sleep a raging river of thoughts overwhelm me. Usually they’re tied to whatever I was […]
My first BarCamp experience was a blast. It was held at l’Ecole de danse swing Cat’s Corner. They graciously donated their space to the event, and although we could have used a few separate conference rooms, it was a nice venue. Really it comes down to two things: people and ideas. What happened at BarCamp […]
I do my best thinking while I’m lying in bed, just before I fall asleep. I finally get the necessary peace and quiet needed to ratchet through the swirling chaos in my skull. I often have to get up quickly to write down my ideas before I finally get some rest. (I used to do […]